Award Jury

The Global Pluralism Award jury is comprised of international experts from various disciplines related to pluralism. Jurors have championed the values upon which the Award is founded: appreciation for human diversity and promotion of more inclusive societies.

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark | Canada – Chair

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada

Mr. Clark was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, serving as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister (1979-1980) and one of the most distinguished Secretaries of State for External Affairs (Foreign Ministers) in Canadian history (1984-1991), then becoming Minister of Constitutional Affairs. Mr. Clark played a key role in some of the defining accomplishments for pluralism in recent history – the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, the Ottawa conference which agreed on the “two plus four” formula to unite Germany at the end of the Cold War and the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord in Canada (a complex Canadian constitutional accord among the federal government, the provinces and territories, and indigenous peoples). Today, as he sits on numerous Boards and Foundations, he applies that experience to promoting democracy and encouraging innovation and practical reforms in the developing world.

Dr. Rima Khalaf | Jordan

Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Ms. Khalaf is the Executive Secretary of ESCWA, the United Nations regional commission mandated for development and economic integration in the Arab Region. She is known for her leading commitment to social justice and her pioneering role in promoting good governance as an imperative for human development.  During her tenure as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme, she had a remarkable contribution to the establishment of the broader concept of human development and founded the Arab Human Development Report issuing three reports that received much acclaim. She held senior positions in Jordan, including Minister for Industry and Trade, Minister for Planning and Deputy Prime Minister.  As head of the ministerial economic team, she led the drive to reform and modernize the economy while implementing a social package for building capabilities, alleviating poverty and strengthening the social safety net.

His Worship Naheed Nenshi | Canada

Mayor of Calgary

Mr. Nenshi is currently serving his second term as Calgary’s 36th mayor. Prior to becoming mayor, he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business and a trusted business advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the USA. As mayor, Nenshi’s leadership has resulted in many positive changes for Calgary. He has transformed the municipal government to reinforce a culture of citizen-focused improvement and contributed to building more inclusive communities with initiatives such as “Enough for All,” a program to reduce by half the number of Calgarians living in poverty by 2023, “Trans Day of Visibility,” a day to build awareness of the challenges faced by transgender communities in Calgary and a refugee program that welcomes an average of 1,100 refugees per year to the city.

Advocate Bience Gawanas | Namibia

Lawyer & Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare

Ms. Gawanas is a lawyer by profession and was elected for two terms as the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2003 and 2008.  As the Commissioner of Social Affairs, she initiated programmes and developed policy instruments and programmes relating to social development. She also served as the Ombudswoman of Namibia and as a member of the Public Service Commission of Namibia. Until recently she served as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Services and currently as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare of Namibia. In her role, she provides policy and legal advice on governance and social development matters particularly on poverty eradication and human rights and social policy for marginalized and vulnerable groups. She holds a LLB (Hons), Utter Barrister, Executive MBA and a honorary Doctorate in Law.

Ms. Rigoberta Menchú | Guatemala

Indigenous rights activist & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Ms. Menchú has become widely known as a leading advocate of indigenous rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation, not only in Guatemala but in the Western Hemisphere generally. Her work has earned her several international awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Today, she continues to promote indigenous rights and empowerment through her membership in the Nobel Women’s Initiative which she co-founded in 2006, and PeaceJam, an organization whose mission is “to create young leaders committed to positive change.”

Ms. Pascale Thumerelle | France

Vice-president, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Vivendi

Ms. Thumerelle has made a great contribution to define the scope of responsibility of the media sector and cultural industries to society. Thumerelle set the promotion of cultural diversity in the production and distribution of content as a strategic CSR issue directly linked to Vivendi’s activity. She put in place verifiable indicators to monitor the implementation of this goal and advocated the board making it part of the variable remuneration of Vivendi Senior Executives. Concrete and measurable indicators to follow up this commitment include the promotion of local talent or the empowerment of women in media and artistic creation. Pascale has led an integrated reporting process based on financial and non-financial information to establish the link between Vivendi’s investments in culturally diversified content and value creation for Vivendi and its stakeholders (artists, employees, local communities, investors, institutions, customers). Willing to foster the dialogue with all the Group’s stakeholders, Thumerelle launched « Culture(s) with Vivendi », a web site dedicated to the contribution of the cultural and media industries to sustainable development. In 2015, Pascale Thumerelle, was selected to be part of the Global Diversity List launched by The Economist. This list recognizes figures from the public and private sectors that have distinguished themselves worldwide through their commitment to and efforts on behalf of diversity.

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